How to Create a Bee-Friendly Garden


bee pollinating flowerWith the drastic decline in the bee population in the world today, we need bees in our gardens more than ever! Bees are essential to our eco-system; we need them to pollinate flowers, fruit trees and vegetable gardens. At least a 3/4 of the foods (fruits, veggies, nuts, herbs) we eat need to be pollinated to reproduce!

One simple way we can bring back the bees is by attracting them with flowers. Even a small flower patch in the garden will make a huge difference! It really is as easy as that sounds. A bee-friendly garden will not take more time or effort than a regular garden. It’s about making conscious choices in your garden to benefit bees. The following are some tips to attracting bees and other pollinators to your garden:

  • Create a garden with a diversity of flowers in various sizes and shapes because not all bees are created equal. Canada, alone, is home to hundreds of bee species of all sizes. For instance, short-tongued bees need shallow flowers in order to reach the nectar, whereas long-tongue bees can reach deeper flowers.
  • Bees are attracted to brightly-coloured flowers. Choose a variety of colours, particularly blue, yellow and violet.  Plant them in masses so that passing bees can see them.
  • Plant flowers that are native to your area. Native and heirloom flowers tend to have more nectar and pollen than cultivated flowers.
  • Plan your garden so that there are flowers blooming at all times from spring until fall, to provide food for bees all season long.
  • Avoid the use of pesticides and other chemicals, as this can kill the bees.
  • Provide habitat for bees to protect them from the elements (rain and wind) and as a place to nest. Place logs and tree stumps in a sunny spot or create a nest in the ground filled with sand and loam.
  • Some examples of flowers that are known to attract bees: aster, cosmos, primrose, borage, sunflower, butterfly weed, bee balm, and lantana.

So what are you waiting for? You can make a difference in the world, just by doing something you love- gardening!

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About Connor Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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3 Responses to How to Create a Bee-Friendly Garden

  1. Pingback: Reasons to Grow Native Plants in Your Garden | Grower Direct Fresh Cut Flowers Presents…

  2. Mona says:

    good one………..

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